Officially make Alvarez: Badgers will be in office until June 30th

Madison, Wisconsin — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez retires after a 30-year run that transformed the college football team and later led badgers to the greatest comprehensive sporting success in school history.

Alvarez, 74, said he would retire on Tuesday 30 June.

“I am honored to be in Wisconsin athletics and I am very proud of everything I have achieved in the last 30 years,” Alvarez said in a statement. “From the championship to the improvement of the campus to the impact on thousands of student athletes, it was a great ride.”

Alvarez arrived in Wisconsin as a football coach in 1990, turning one of Big Ten’s weakest programs into one of the strongest. He became an athletic director in 2004 and temporarily played two roles before resigning as a football coach after the 2005 season.

The Wisconsin football team totaled 9-36 in the four seasons before he arrived. Alvarez led badgers to three Rose Bowl titles, making them regular Big Ten candidates by emphasizing strong defenses and rushing attacks.

Alvarez coached Wisconsin from 1990 to 2005 and set a record for career coaching victories. His 119-74-4 mark includes his 16-year record, plus the 1-1 mark as a provisional coach for bowl games that ended the 2012 and 2014 seasons.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Other Wisconsin programs were as successful as the badger’s athletic director during his term.

The Wisconsin team has won 16 national titles under Alvarez, five of which took place in the women’s lightweight rowing, a sport not licensed by the NCAA.

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These national titles were in six different sports: women’s lightweight boats, men’s cross-country, men’s hockey, women’s hockey, men’s indoor trucks, men’s boats. Wisconsin’s latest national title was this year’s women’s hockey.

Badgers, along with Alvarez as athletic director, have also won a total of 74 conferences, regular seasons, or tournament championships. During his administration, 14 different teams won the title of the conference.

As an athletic director, Wisconsin has made 15 appearances in the Top 30 of the Director’s Cup in the first 18 seasons.

“His work here has had a positive impact on the lives of the myriad student athletes who have passed through our doors,” Wisconsin Prime Minister Rebecca Blank said in a statement. “His leadership has also lifted our college and our state. Barry’s legacy survives every time a badger enters the battlefield.”

Alvarez has emerged as a national leader in college athletics. He was appointed chairman of the NCAA Soccer Academic Enhancement Group in 2008 and has been on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for three years. He was named Under Armor Athletic Director of the Year in 2017-18.

Officially make Alvarez: Badgers will be in office until June 30th

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